CHEN Xianyao
Release date: 2019-05-12

Professor CHEN Xianyao

Key Laboratory of Physical Oceanography, MOE, OUC

Mailing Address: 238 Songling RD, Qingdao, 266100, China

Phone/Fax: 86-532-66783911


  • 1999

PhD in Mechanics, Lanzhou University, China

  • 1994

B.Sc in Mathematics, Lanzhou University, China

Professional Employment

  • 2014-

  • 2003-2013

  • 2002-2003

  • 1999-2002

  • Key Laboratory of Physical Oceanography, Ocean University of China, China

  • Laboratory of Marine Science and Numerical Modeling, First Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration, China

  • Assistant professor, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

  • Assistant professor, Laboratory of Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, First Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration

Research Interests

  • Ocean and Climate Variability

  • Ocean-atmosphere interaction

  • Global sea level change

  • Data analysis method in Physical Oceanography and Climate


  • Identify the Atlantic heat sink can explain global warming slowdown during 1998-2012

  • Suggest that the role of AMOC on the global climate variability is different with or without surface anthropogenic warming;

  • Propose a pair of orthogonal PDO and ENSO indices, identify the independence between PDO and ENSO 


  1. Tung, K.-K.*, and X. Chen, (2018), Understanding the Recent Global Surface Warming Slowdown: A Review, Climate, 6, 82.

  2. Chen, X. Y., and K.-K. Tung* (2018), Global surface warming enhanced by weak Atlantic overturning circulation, Nature, 559, 387-391, doi:10.1038/s41586-018-0320.

  3. Tung, K.-K., X. Y. Chen*, J. S. Zhou, and K.-F. Li (2018), Interdecadal variabiltiy in pan-Pacific and global SST, revisited, Climate Dynamics, doi:10.1007/s00382-018-4240-1.

  4. Chen, X. Y., and K.-K. Tung* (2018), Global mean surface temperature variability: space-time perspective from rotated EOFs, Climate Dynamics, 51, 1719-1732, doi:10.1007/s00382-017-3970-0.

  5. Wang, J. P., and X. Y. Chen* (2018), Intercomparison of the Extended Reconstructed Sea Surface Temperature v4 and v3b Datasets, J. Ocean Univ. China, 17, 209-218.

  6. Chen, X. Y.*, X.  B. Zhang*, J. A. Church, C. S. Watson, M. A. King, D. Monselesan, B.  Legresy, and C. Harig (2017), The increasing rate of global mean  sea-level rise during 1993-2014, Nature Climate Change, 7, 492-495, doi:10.1038/nclimate3325.

  7. Chen, X. Y.*, J. M.Wallace, and K.-K. Tung (2017), Pairwise-rotated EOFs of global SST, J. Climate, 30, 5473-5489, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0786.1.

  8. Chen, X. Y.*, and K.-K. Tung (2016), Variations in ocean heat uptake during the surface warming hiatus, Nature Communications, doi:10.1038/ncomms12541.

  9. Chen, X. Y.*, and J. M. Wallace (2016), Orthogonal PDO and ENSO indices, J. Climate, 29, 3883-3892.

  10. Chen, X. Y.*, and J. M. Wallace (2015), ENSO-like variability: 1900-2013, J. Climate, 28, 9623-9641.

  11. Feng, Y.*, X. Y. Chen, Q. Wang, and Y. Yuan (2015), Mesoscale characteristics of Antarctic Intermediate water in the South Pacific, Acta. Oceanol. Sin., 34, 91-101.

  12. Chen, X. Y., and K. K. Tung* (2014), Varying planetary heat sink led to global-warming slowdown and acceleration, Science, 345, 897-903, doi:10.1126/science.1254937.

  13. Chen, X. Y.,  Y. Feng, and N. E. Huang (2014), Global sea level trend during  1993-2012, Global Plan. Change, 112C, 26-32, doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.  2013.11.001.

Research GRANTS


Project Type



Fund (million Yuan)

Ocean Decadal Variability and its Role in Global Climate Change



 CHEN Xianyao


Understanding the mechanisms of Atlantic multidecadal oscillation



CHEN Xianyao


Arctic Fog Variability in a Warming Arctic and its Impact on Maritime Human Activties



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